PLEASE NOTE: The Education Centre is currently closed until further notice. The car park and toilets are open. For the Natural World Centre opening times, please check their Facebook page. Events have been cancelled to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers. The nature reserve is open. For our full statement please visit our Coronavirus update page.
Whisby Nature Park
Whisby Nature Park is a beautiful landscape near Lincoln, full of wildlife, walks and trails. Once barren and lifeless, this amazing place now abounds with wildlife. The park was created by quarrying for sand and gravel, but nature has reclaimed the pits and bare sand, creating habitats for many species.
Know before you go
- Education Centre
- 'The Barn' - bird observation and information
Natural World Centre
- Children's indoor and outdoor adventure play
- Disabled toilets
- Baby changing facilities
Dogs are permitted on a short lead.
Dogs can be walked off lead around Thorpe Lake only.
Footpaths are level, the majority are hard surfaced though may be muddy in places.
Reserve open all year. Please note, the car park gate is closed at dusk.
Natural World Centre is open with limited facilities 10am - 2pm weekdays and 10am - 3pm weekends.
The Education Centre is closed until further notice.
Natural World Centre
Natural World Centre is open with limited facilities 10am - 2pm weekdays and 10am - 3pm weekends. The café will be operating from a kiosk selling takeaways only. The toilets and Little Darters outdoor play area are now open.
For more information, please visit the Natural World Centre Facebook page.
The Natural World Centre is separately managed by Lincs Inspire on behalf on North Kesteven District Council.
There is a car parking charge of £2 from March to October and £1 from November to February. You can also purchase an annual parking pass for £80, available from the Natural World Centre. This car park is operated by North Kesteven District Council. Income from the parking charge supports the work across the site.
Disabled parking can be found at the top of the car park in front of the Natural World Centre.
Location and contact details
Habitats and species
The lakes at Whisby Nature Park are surrounded by grassland, marsh, scrub and willow carr. Elements of the original quarry landscape remain, with fragments of heathland, old hedgerows and a small oak woodland.
In spring and summer, flocks of tits and finches are joined by warblers. The lakes attract feeding sand martins and swallows, and terns nest on the islands. Chiffchaffs along with reed and sedge warblers can be heard. Whisby Nature Park has also become synonymous with nightingales.
Autumn brings the first sight of winter birds such as goldcrests, redpolls and grey wagtails. In winter, the water levels are at their highest and wildfowl are numerous. The cold weather also brings with it huge murmurations of starlings in their thousands, swarming and twisting across the misty lakes.
Walks and trails
There are six waymarked trails to choose from at Whisby Nature Park ranging from 1.2 to 3 miles. Paths are level and in many places have a hard surface of compacted limestone. When visiting, please keep to the paths as some areas are potential dangerous, particularly the deep water and disused washing channels.
Click below to download your trail map, or go to our events page for details of guided walks and other activities.
Keep in touch
Follow our Whisby Warden on social media for the latest news and sightings, or search for a nearby event.